I’ve been adding photographs from my extensive archives to this website recently, and have just compiled a gallery of sadhu pictures. These are the fascinating holy men (and occasionally women, known as sadhvis) of India who tend to reject normal life in favour of a nomadic, spiritual one. Generally they tend to wear a shade of orange or red or, in the case of the Nagar Babas, nothing at all other than a layer of white charcoal and lots of holy beads.
I was fortunate enough to have spent time with some of these mystical men, both along the ghats of the river Ganges in Varanasi, and in an akhara (head ashram) based there. I was invited to bandharas (communal meals) and to join them at ceremonies such as Holi. It will be one of the most memorable experiences of my time in India.
I’m including a selection of the images here, showing different facets of their life (and death). But there are plenty more, so if they grab your interest do take a look at the gallery: https://anenchantedeye.com/portraits/sadhus-indias-holy-men/